Fall Road-Tripping Ideas in Wisconsin

(StatePoint) Fall marks changing leaf colors, cooler weather, and shorter days -- and it’s a great season for a road trip close to home. Road-tripping in Wisconsin can be a particularly interesting way of going on a journey to pursue your passions or just to relax, without traveling too far away.

From scenic drives to relaxing resorts to watching a theater production and discovering hyperlocal breweries, there are plenty of activities to do and places to explore this fall.

An Artistic Destination


Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel is a place for travelers with open minds, a curious nature, and a desire to question. The name of the hotel is a nod to the patron saint of artists, and the artistic venue is a perfect destination to explore Milwaukee’s vibrant and growing cultural scene this fall season. Complete with theatre, dance, music and more, travelers can experience new exhibitions and pop-up performances throughout the hotel. Whether it’s seeing a show in the hotel’s Arc Theatre, perusing the hotel’s three art galleries, taking a “Champagne Art Tour” with the hotel curator, or unwinding with a Veuve Clicquot in Giggly, Milwaukee’s only champagne bar, Saint Kate is your stage for an artistic and inspiring experience.

Port Washington


The historic city of Port Washington, bordering Lake Michigan, offers an abundance of activities for the whole family. Look to the pier’s lighthouse for an art-deco inspiration. The Port Exploreum guides visitors through the city’s maritime past, while the marina offers fishing areas. The nineteenth-century buildings and the annual ghost hunts will transport you to another time period. For foodies, the city boasts local eateries, including a fish market, gourmet popcorn, winery, brewery, and more. The Interurban Trail is also located nearby, providing a 30-mile trail to view the fall colors, and the lakeside parks provide access to migratory flyways. Staying the weekend? Check out the beer garden, located next to a playground so the entire family can be entertained.

Visit Milwaukee


Fall is so much fun in Milwaukee! Along with stunning fall colors, Milwaukee’s theater scene, specialty beer releases, and the city’s biggest arts event, the Milwaukee Film Festival (October 17-31), are not to be missed. Fall color traditionally peaks during October, and there’s plenty of opportunities to admire bright reds, oranges, and yellows along the lakefront or in Milwaukee’s sprawling county parks. At night, Milwaukee comes alive with incredible theater productions, ranging from locally-produced plays to national touring shows like “Hamilton.” New this year, don’t miss the hyper-local release of Syndicate Series #1, a collaboration Sticke Alte beer that will be debuted at the Great American Beer Festival and served exclusively in Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood. Prosit to fall in Milwaukee!